Genre Tags: Drama, Romance, School, Seinen
Synopsis: To the outside world, Hanabi Yasuraoka and Mugi Awaya are the perfect couple. But in reality, they just share the same secret pain: they are both in love with other people they cannot be with. Hanabi has loved her childhood friend and neighbor Narumi Kanai for as long as she can remember, so she is elated to discover that he is her new homeroom teacher. However, Narumi is soon noticed by the music teacher, Akane Minagawa, and a relationship begins to blossom between them, much to Hanabi’s dismay. Mugi was tutored by Akane in middle school, and has been in love with her since then. Through a chance meeting in the hallway, he encounters Hanabi. As these two lonely souls spend more time together, they decide to use each other as a substitute for the one they truly love, sharing physical intimacy with one another in order to stave off their loneliness.
Plot Rating: 9/10
Character Development Rating: 8/10
Progression Rating: 7/10
Animation Rating: 8/10
Conclusion Rating: 8/10
Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8/10
*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with
Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10/10
*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.
Should You Watch: Hard to say on this one. Depends on how much you like dark romantic dramas. If so, you’ll love this.
General Comments: This show has been one of the more talked about shows of the season due to it’s extremely dark and depressing nature. The title is painfully accurate to what you’re actually getting, because all the characters are Scum. There are literally no “good” characters in the show, yet they are the most realistic characters I’ve ever seen. This turns the traditional Shoujo Romance on it’s head and instead of the cliche development of the romance between the main pair, it ends in a much more unexpected way. It’s insanely refreshing and the behavior of most of the characters will disgust you, but you won’t be able to look away. This show is the messy, tragic nature of unrequited love in a nutshell and it’s because of this realism that it became my favorite of the season.
It may seem insane for those who are looking at it in a superficial, simple lens, but to really appreciate and enjoy such a terribly painful show, you have to peel back the layers and make yourself vulnerable to the emotions we naturally run from. This show hurts because odds are, you’ll see yourself in at least one of the characters in some aspect. It’s just genius how the creator developed the story and how the anime team brought it to life. It’s very poetic in many ways. I would highly recommend everyone give this a shot, but only if you can handle the deep, depressing themes it portrays and can accept that not all stories have the happy ending we all want, but sometimes the ending we need.
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